EGMR: Shortcomings in Armenian alternative to military service for conscientious objectors before 2013

The case Adyan and Others v. Armenia (application no. 75604/11) concerned four Jehovah’s Witnesses who were convicted in 2011 for refusing to perform either military or alternative civilian service because of their religious beliefs. Before both the local authorities and the courts, they argued that, even though domestic law did provide for an alternative to military service, it was not of a genuinely civilian nature, as it was supervised by the military authorities. They were released from prison in 2013 following a general amnesty. They served more than two years of their prison sentence. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Dismissed pastor of Hungarian Reformed Church had no arguable compensation claim under domestic law as he was employed under ecclesiastical law not civil law

In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Károly Nagy v. Hungary (application no. 56665/09) the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority of ten votes to seven, that the application was inadmissible. The case concerned the compensation claim brought by Mr Károly Nagy, a pastor, following his dismissal by the Hungarian Reformed Church. The courts rejected his claim as unenforceable. Mr Nagy’s claim was first dismissed by the labour courts on the basis of labour law. He then brought a civil action arguing that he had an agency contract with the Church. The domestic courts discontinued the proceedings, finding that the courts could not enforce any such claims as he was employed under ecclesiastical law not civil law. In view of the overall legal framework in Hungary, the Court found that Mr Nagy thus had no “right” which could be said, at least on arguable grounds, to be recognised under domestic law. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming Grand Chamber judgment on the right of access to court of a pastor concerning his claim for compensation against the Hungarian Calvinist Church

The European Court of Human Rights will be delivering a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Károly Nagy v. Hungary (application no. 56665/09) at a public hearing on 14 September 2017 at 10.00 a.m. in the Human Rights Building, Strasbourg. The case concerned a pastor’s pecuniary claim against the Reformed Church of Hungary following his removal from service. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Court lifts interim measure suspending expulsion from Germany to Russia of man suspected of planning terrorist attacks

Today (29 August 2017), a Chamber of seven judges of the European Court of Human Rights, unanimously, decided to lift the interim measure (under Rule 39 of its Rules of Court) applied in the case of X. v. Germany (application no. 54646/17), suspending the removal from Germany to Russia of a Russian national residing in Germany, who is considered by the German authorities to constitute a threat to national security. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Hate speech by the leader of a radical Salafist organisation was not protected by freedom of expression

In its decision in the case of Belkacem v. Belgium (application no. 34367/14) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the application inadmissible. The decision is final. The case concerned the conviction of Mr Belkacem, the leader and spokesperson of the organisation “Sharia4Belgium”, which was dissolved in 2012, for incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence on account of remarks he made in YouTube videos concerning non-Muslim groups and Sharia. The Court noted that in his remarks Mr Belkacem had called on viewers to overpower non-Muslims, teach them a lesson and fight them. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Ban on wearing face covering in public in Belgium did not violate Convention rights

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Belcacemi and Oussar v. Belgium (application no. 37798/13) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: no violation of Articles 8 (right to respect for private and family life) and 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights, and no violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) taken together with Articles 8 and 9. The case concerned the ban on the wearing in public of clothing that partly or totally covers the face under the Belgian law of 1 June 2011. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

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EGMR: Ban on wearing face covering in public in three Belgian municipalities was not in breach of the Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Dakir v. Belgium (application no. 4619/12) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: no violation of Articles 8 (right to respect for private and family life) and 9 (right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights, no violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination), taken together with Articles 8 and 9 of the Convention, and a violation of Article 6 § 1 (right of access to a court). The case concerned a by-law adopted in June 2008 by three Belgian municipalities (Pepinster, Dison and Verviers) concerning a ban on the wearing in public places of clothing that conceals the face, and the subsequent proceedings before the Conseil d’État. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

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